New Years is over, but work doesn’t start until Monday so the TV binging continues! Sadly, I caught up to pretty much all the shows I watch currently, so I figured to watch a genre that I haven’t touched in a while: anime!! And since I’ve been in a sci-fi streak, plus hearing good reviews from friends, I decided to watch 機動戦士ガンダム鉄血のオルフェンズ, or Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.
Title: Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Animation Production: Sunrise
It’s been 300 years since the “Calamity War”. Mars, or at least one of the Martian cities Chryse wants independence from the Earth governments. A Martian security company called CGS is ordered to escort Kudelia, a key representative for Chryse’s independence to Earth. During preparations of the escort, the CGS base is attacked by another military organization called Gjallarhorn. The “bad guys” seem to have the superior mobile suit, but of course CGS brings out the mech we all watch the show for: the Gundam Barbatos. Conflict ensues.
The boys who headline this Gundam installment are Orga and Mikazuki who knew each other since childhood. I’ve only watched the first three episodes so far, and these two have a very interesting relationship. They seem to switch off, or share the head honcho position. Orga has a strategy, but it will only go through if Mika agrees. Mika will do something (usually something violent) with Orga’s order/permission. Seems like 100% of the time they’ll do what the other asks so it doesn’t really matter in the end. Once again, the resistance rep, Kudelia, is presented as the naive idealistic girl who doesn’t realize the depth of her position. That being said, I think I like her a lot more than Relena from Gundam Wing. *shudder*
Biscuit and his twin sisters Cookie and Cracker are adorable. Not sure if I’d want to be named after snacks, but it’s still cute.
Man, was Gundam always this…hardcore? I’m enjoying the show a lot and the main reason right now is Orga and Mika. At first glance the plot and characters seems typical of a Gundam series, then all of a sudden I see the CGS 3rd squad perform a coup on 1st squad. Orga pretty much gives them an option: join us or leave. Two men back talk and Mika kills them without batting an eye.
Maybe it’s been a while since I’ve watched Gundam. Regardless, I’m a sucker for good guys who will step a toe in the dark side to get things done.
In regards to character designs, I’m not sure if I like it or not. It’s taking me a while to get used to. Their bangs alone could kill someone.
Also the Gundam seems to be a bit on the…thin side, with the bulk mostly in the chest area. There’s also 3 red marks I’m not sure of.
An aspect I like in this world is the relationship of using the mechs. Orga and Mika are one of few children who survived the surgery to pilot certain mecha. This surgery allows the pilot to have an expanded spatial awareness which helps them pilot. The child-soldier is explained and justifies why these children can kick the crap and kill veteran soldiers.
So far I’m enjoying Iron-Blooded Orphans. Seems like a good installment in the Gundam franchise and good enough to continue binge-watching.